I RENTED AN APARTMENT. WHEN I MOVED OUT THE MANAGER DID A FINAL WALK THROUGH WITH ME. SHE MARKED EVERYTHING GOOD EVEN THE CARPET. BUT TEN DAYS LATER I GET A LETTER FROM THE APARTMENT COMPLEX. TELLING ME I BROKE A LEASE AND SAYING THERE CHARGING ME FOR NEW CARPET. THEY RENTED THE APARTMENT 3 DAYS AFTER I MOVED OUT. THEY SAID THAT MY DOGS DAMAGED THE CARPET. I CLEANED THE CARPET THE DAY BEFORE MY FINAL WALK THROUGH. THE MANAGER ASKED IF I CLEANED THE CARPET? I TOLD HER YES. SHE SAID SO IS THAT WHY ITS STILL WET. I TOLD HER YES. I LEFT THE WINDOWS OPEN FOR THE CARPET TO DRY. WHEN WE WERE DOING THE FINAL WALK THROUGH SHE SHUT ALL THE WINDOWS. CAUSING THE CARPET TO GET MOLDY.
Did you give the Landlord a security deposit?
If so how much?
When did you move out?
Did you leave before the expiration of your lease?
How much are they charging you for the carpet?
YES I HAD A SECURITY DEPOSITIT WAS $200.00 DEPOSITI MOVED OUT MAY 31ST 2009I HAD A 9 MONTH LEASE. STAYED LONGER BUT THEY DIDN'T DO ANOTHER LEASE FOR ME.I ASKED THEM TO MAKE UP ANOTHER LEASE 5 TIMES BUT THEY DIDN'T DO IT.THEY ARE CHARGING ME $1343.22 IF THEY REPLACED THE CARPET THE OWNERS TOLD ME THEY DID'T REPLACE THE PADDING. PLUS MY DOGS WERE NEVER ALLOWED IN 2 ROOMS. SO HOW COULD THEY DAMAGE THEM.
Thank you for the additional information.
Response: It is illegal for the landlord to charge you to replace a carpet after you have lived there for 9 months and after you did a final walk-thru and the Manager told you that everything was fine. That is the whole purpose of final walk-thru to have witnesses to any damages or no damages to the leased premises and to determine the tenant's liability for the damages if any. Your landlord must immediately return your security deposit of $200.00 to you--make a written request for the return of your security deposit. Otherwise, you should file a Small Claims against the landlord for the return of the deposit. See RCW 59.18.280:
Small Claims Forms
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